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18 Nov

Advent calendars for 2013 – My favourite five.


Printable-Advent-cards-from-Elliefunday Christmas is fast approaching, but before that, there are the advent calendars to prepare. I can’t seem to find any tasteful ones in the shops and so have trawled the net to find some easy DIY ones.

The above is from Elliefunday and you can print out the number templates for free. Such a great idea to write something on the back of each card.

My kids are usually quite energetic and adventurous, so this would be perfect for them. A clue a day before running riot in the house, in search of that treat or special gift.

Eco-friendly-advent-calendar The next one is great for the environmentally conscious. Simply recycle toilet rolls and cardboard to create this fun advent house. This has been created by Erlend of Morning Creativity.


Here’s a sweet advent calendar by La Maison de Loulou. It’s perfect for a little girl. Miniature boxes created from card, then decorated with stencilled numbers and doilies.


For an inexpensive alternative, try this from Style Files using white paper bags and washi tape. This can probably be created in a matter of minutes. For smaller treats, glassine bags can be used instead.

Advent-bags-on-a wooden-tree

This last one may be more labour intensive to create, but is likely to be more durable and can be reused in years to come. Numbered drawstring bags are hung on a wooden Christmas tree frame. What’s great about this is that it can also be decorated with baubles on Christmas eve. It is by Desogmia.

I’d love to hear what advent calendars you use and which is your preferred one here. Have a lovely week. x

  1. Hi Geraldine,
    i like all of the Advent calendars that you have found, but prefer the first and the last ones best. I can’t believe your energy in trawling the net to find interesting DIYs to pass along, not to mention holding down a demanding job as well as being wife and mother and creative instagrammer. BTW did the hot chocolate persuade your two out of bed finally? Love your collection of mugs!!
    Cheers, Deborah from Melbourne, Australia.

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thank you so much Deborah for your lovely comment, really made my day :) The hot choc did do the trick especially for the youngest one with the sweet tooth. Have a lovely week and see you on IG too. x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Hi Sandy, thanks for sharing those links, they are lovely advent calendars indeed. x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thanks Lisa for sharing those DIY advent calendars with me. They are fabulous and I may well have to try them out. Thanks for visiting from NZ. x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thanks Will, I’ve enjoyed doing this post even if it meant burning the midnight oil, I love the wooden tree too. x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Thanks Toni, I was pleased to have found that one – kind to the environment and certainly affordable too. x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Hi Jane, thanks 😉 no. 1 and 4 seem popular. I love them all. x

  2. I couldn’t agree more! Somehow there aren’t any nice Advent calendars to buy… great idea to make one. My favourite would have to be the recycled toilet rolls one. What a fantastic idea. No. 4 is second. Thanks for sharing!

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Tina, hope someone wanting to start a business is reading this, there certainly is a market out there for tasteful advent calendars. Happy week 😉

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Hi sarah, you are most welcome. Great advent calendar idea and thanks for sharing it. x

  3. That’s right, I need to get mine out really soon. I was about 12 days late last year! These are really great examples, my favourite would be the first with the idea of the hunt, my kids would love that too! We have a lovely simple linen pocket one from Kikki K, a stationery brand here. We put a little toy or chocolate in each day… Mel x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Hi Mel, no. 1 is also perfect for mine – the anticipation of a hunt and the reward at the end. Have a lovely week x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Yes, I can imagine the kids liking that one too. The bigger the gift the better 😉 Happy weekend x

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      Hi Caroline, the loo roll idea is certainly a great idea to do with the kids. Hope you have fun making it. Have a lovely week too. x

  4. Oh dear such lovely calendar inspiration! I love them all but the last one is my favorite – Love wood and the fabric pouches, and they can be styled in different ways depending on the fabric choice. I have only made one for our Frenchie, but my hubby needs to be spoiled too:-) Thank for sharing and enjoy your week!

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      The wood and fabric pouches are certainly a popular choice. Have a wonderful week Mette. xx

    1. littlebigbell Post author

      It’s such a cool idea isn’t it? Especially if you’re in a rush – a quick one to create. x

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